A selection of titles from Polity Press, Center Street, Chelsea Green, and other publishers worth picking up and checking out this season
I get sent a lot of manuscripts to review for possible endorsements ("blurbs"). I read them and happily agree to blurb the ones I think worth special attention. These were recently released:
Jennifer Clapp's Food (Polity Press, 2012). "The global food economy may seem remote from daily experience, but it affects every aspect of what we eat and, therefore, our health and welfare. Jennifer Clapp explains what happens when food is no longer considered a mere source of nourishment or cultural element but is transformed into a fungible commodity. Clapp unpacks and clarifies the mind-numbing complexities of transnational corporations, international trade, and financial markets. Best of all, the book provides precisely the information and tools advocates need to redesign the global food economy to promote fair trade, food justice, and local sovereignity."
Tanya Denckla Cobb's Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Food Movement is Changing the Way We Eat (Storey, 2011). I blurbed this one: "People constantly ask me what kinds of things they can do to get involved in the food movement and where to start. Now I can just hand them this. The projects it describes should inspire readers to get busy doing similar projects in their own communities."